Posts Tagged ‘Edinburgh Castle’

The Scotsman Hotel, 20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland

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The original 19th century Scotsman building has been converted into a fashionable, 5* boutique hotel. The Scotsman Hotel, 20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, offers parking off site and limo or car hire for travel around the city. The hotel also offers bicycle hire to tour the city. Edinburgh has many hills, so I would advise against this! scotsman entrance

My husband and I visited The Scotsman Hotel, this month when we met her and a group of friends for a special occasion. It was lovely to visit such a marvellous venue. The entrance and grand marble staircase led us to the bar. Where the group gathered to chat and relax in tasteful surroundings with comfortable chairs. A wide selections of beer, wines and spirits is available.scotsman marble staircase

There are many different styles of room available over the 10 floors of the hotel. As it is an old building the shaes of the rooms are not always regular. This can make the rooms quite restrictive or, on other occasions bright and spacious.scotsman bar

The hotel offers wide choices for breakfast, consistent with providing for an international clientele. The Scotsman Hotel is licenced for weddings to take place there. It also offers several meeting and conference rooms for the business traveller, but there is little offered for the younger holiday maker or children.scotsman room 2


The Scotsman Hotel is a beautiful building with unique features. It is situated in the centre of Edinburgh near the Waverley Station, St Giles Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle.

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However, there are not the fitness facilities or other ancillary services that I enjoy at a hotel. I would not choose this hotel again, altough I know its situation and old world charm will suit many visitors to the city well.scotsman hotel view

Valerie Penny





Il Castello, Edinburgh, Scotland

I have been using Il Castello, an Italian restaurant in Edinburgh, Scotland  for many years, ever since a friend introduced me to it.   Il Castello sits in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle and has been and remains a great favourite of our family. We often choose it for our Christmas or birthday celebrations.  Disabled access is easy and the waiters are very attentive.

On our last visit we were offered a table that was convenient for my disabled guest and drinks were served promptly. Then our orders were taken. Starters arrived quite quickly. The home made soup was delicious and the salads crisp and fresh. Our main courses were varied. The chicken was tasty and moist: steaks were exactly as ordered.   The pizza was delicious, but too big to finish and the pasta also very enjoyable.

We did not eat dessert as we could not have done it justice. However we had teas and coffees that were freshly made and a fine end to a lovely meal. We have been many times before and will no doubt be back again. My advice is book early to avoid disappointment.

Valerie Penny